Foundation of Classical Horsemanship
The Objective of Classical riding is to not only develop the horse and rider to perform upper level movements and exercises, but to also condition the horse to be quiet, supple and and faithful to the riders requests. Self-carriage of the horse and a correct and compassionate rider is also an important aspect of the art of riding. Regardless of the discipline, the horse should always be quiet, supple and attentive to the rider. These qualities are the basis for all forms of riding. In addition, the rider should not only have a understanding of classical riding theory, but also study the anatomy and movement of the horse, as well as the rider. The rider should be completely devoted and dedicated to the needs of their equine companions.
Yoga as a Philosophy
The Yoga sutras date back over 2,000 years. The word yoga means "union" and "sutras" can be thought of as a manual of yogic practice. There are 195 sutras. Yoga asana, or physical exercises are only mentioned twice. Therefore, yoga is a path that aligns all aspects of an individual: body, breath, mind, emotions, and spirit. Yoga is a philosophy. The nature of yoga is to focus on right action and connection to spirit.
The life science of Ayurveda dates back over 5,000 years in written word. It is a system of healing that is dynamic and simple in its apparent complexity. Individual's have unique qualities of the mind and body and are characterized by the dosas, which represent the elements of air, fire, water and ether. The dosas manifest inimitably within the mind and body. They express harmony and health, or disharmony and therefore disease. Through Ayurveda, we can understand and personalize our horses training and rehabilitation programs.